Explore the world of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles and discover how BMW is pioneering the future of mobility.
REASONS TO GO ALL-ELECTRIC.
Instead of a traditional combustion engine, an all-electric car is powered solely by an electric motor, which is battery-powered. Some of the benefits include:
Electricity is significantly cheaper than petrol and diesel
Electric motors produce zero driving CO2 emissions
With less weight, electric cars are more energy-efficient than traditional cars.
Beyond the conservational and ecological benefits associated with electrified vehicles, there are also many financial reasons to embrace this emerging trend, tax breaks being one of these reasons.
No fuel duty is incurred on electricity used for recharging
Zero emission vehicles valued under £40,000 are exempt from Vehicle Excise Duty (VED)
Lower VAT (5%) is applied to the electricity used in recharging.
BENEFITS OF GOING HYBRID.
If you’re looking to enjoy the best of both worlds, a Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) is just the car you need. Offering both a combustion engine, powered either by petrol or diesel, and a battery-powered motor for assistance or pure electric driving, PHEVs provide a raft of specific benefits.
BMW Plug-in Hybrids are classed as ‘low emission vehicles’ with CO2 emissions of less than 55g/km and as low as 37g/km for the 330e Saloon. For shorter distances, pure electric mode** offers zero local emissions. What’s more, with the electric motor supporting the petrol engine, BMW PHEVs can achieve an impressives cost-saving fuel consumption of up to 235.4mpg***.
Low CO2 emissions ensure that savings can be made on your annual road tax or Benefit In Kind (BIK) company car tax. Electricity is also cheaper than petrol and diesel, so if you are able to regularly charge your car then on a cost per mile basis, a plug-in hybrid can be significantly cheaper to run.
BMW Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles provide the flexibility of enjoying almost silent electric driving. Whilst the petrol-electric combination still offers typical BMW driving dynamics and efficient petrol power for longer journeys.
BMW Plug-in Hybrid models can be ordered in a wide range of model styles, colours and wheels, just like petrol and diesel equivalents. Only subtle hybrid references are noticeable.
Specific innovations for PHEV models include the ability to pre-heat or cool the car ahead of a journey, to enhanced navigation intelligence that optimises electric power and maximises fuel efficiency.
GOING THE DISTANCE.
The big question around electric driving is often to do with range. How far can electric vehicles go? However, it’s important to put this answer into context and understand what it means with respect to the average daily trips.
HOW FAR DO WE DRIVE IN OUR CARS?
The average car journey in the UK is only 7 miles****, while the average mileage per year for UK drivers is approximately 8,000 miles****. This works out to be fewer than 22 miles per day.
HOW FAR CAN ONE FULLY CHARGED ALL-ELECTRIC BMW i3 GO?
London to Brighton, and back again. The BMW i3 120Ah can go 192 miles on one full charge. BMW Plug-in Hybrids can go up to 54 miles*** on one full charge before switching to an engine power source.
HOW MANY CHARGING STATIONS ARE THERE IN THE UK?
There are over 5,000 public charging stations and counting.
CHARGING YOUR ELECTRIFIED VEHICLE.
The growing charging network in the UK features both AC (alternating current) and DC (direct current) charging stations:
AC Fast stations and AC Rapid stations, both use alternating current electricity.
Rapid Charging, which uses direct current electricity.
CHARGING FROM THE COMFORT OF HOME.
BMW i vehicles can be charged via the BMW i Wallbox Plus or BMW i Wallbox Connect, which can be installed at your home. These are up to 70% faster than standard power cables.
INNOVATIVE CHARGING SOLUTIONS.
To support drivers who embrace electrified vehicles, BMW has created ELECTRIC 360°. This is a vast range of products and services to facilitate i-mobility, from public and home charging stations to general travel assistance.
*According to the UK Department for Transport (7 April 2016). Read more.
**Pure electric range varies across models.
***Figure based on X5 xDrive45e xLine fuel consumption Combined cycle under new WLTP test conditions.
****According to the UK Office for Low Emission Vehicles. Read more.
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